100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Josh Diekmann - 92.4
2. Perry Filkins - 92.4
3. Brennan Ward - 92.2
4. Rico DiSciullo - 92.2
5. Ryan Quinn - 92.0
6. Matt Bessette - 91.8
7. Jason Butcher - 91.7
8. Alexander Shlemenko - 91.7
9. Mikkel Parlo - 91.7
10. Derek Anderson - 91.6
Bellator 98: Shlemenko vs. Cooper
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
-Fight of the Night-
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.2
(Punches and Forearm Strikes)
     This fight started with Allaire shooting for a takedown, he was caught in a guillotine choke, broke free, worked some ground & pound, and then they stood back up. Allaire landed a knee, scored another takedown, tried to mount, but DiSciullo swept him, Allaire threw up an armbar, and DiSciullo pounded his way out of it, knocking out Allaire in under 90 seconds after a wild back & forth scrap. Great Bellator debut for Rico DiSciullo.
      Bessette was throwing strikes wildly, Piedmont tried to slow him down with some clinch work, Bessette eventually blasted him with a right hand, knocking him on his ass, and then Bessette followed him to the ground, pinned him down, punched him in the face a lot, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Solid finish for Matt Bessette in just over 90 seconds of the first round.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Quinn started the fight with a takedown, but after a brief scramble, they ended up back on their feet. They clinched, Quinn blasted Artsdalen with a big knee, Artsdalen dropped to the ground, and Quinn pounced on him. They scrambled around for a few seconds, Quinn went for a few different submissions, eventually settling on the arm-triangle choke for the submission victory around the halfway mark of the opening round. Great win for Ryan Quinn.
      These guys both tucked their chins, and came out swinging, throwing massive heavyweight bombs. Porter clipped Diekmann, went in for the kill, got sloppy, and Diekmann dropped him with some punches, and then pounded on his head with some big hammerfists, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Great finish for Diekmann in just over one minute of the first round in his Bellator debut. I look forward to seeing him fight again in the near future.
(Accidental Eye Poke)
      Nader dropped Mucitelli early in the first round with a punch, but he popped right back up. They traded a few more strikes, Nader dropped Mucitelli again, he jumped into his guard and beat him up for a few seconds, but Mucitelli poked him in the eye, so the fight was stopped and declared a no contest. Fuck that, the dude that received the eye poke was dominating the other guy, so, for that reason, I'm giving the victory points to Nader for this one.
      The first round of this fight had a lot of fun striking, with both guys getting rocked early in the round. About halfway through the round, Pitbull took Anderson to the ground, landing in his half guard, but Pitbull quickly passed, getting the full mount. Anderson rolled out of it, ending up caught in a triangle choke, but Anderson Rampage slammed him, escaping the choke. It wasn't a POWERFUL slam, but it was enough to get the job done. Anderson then beat up Pitbull from inside the guard for the rest of the round. The second round featured Anderson, surprising Pibull by picking him apart on the feet with is striking. The third round was another round in the book for Derek Anderson, as he pretty much beat the shit out of Pitbull for the duration of the round. Really impressive unanimous decision victory, for the underdog, Derek Anderson.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys spent the first half of the opening round trading punches & kicks at a moderate pace. Kimball took down Filkins halfway through the round, but couldn't keep him down for more than a few seconds. Kimball took him down a second time with 2 minutes left in the round, but he stood back up a few seconds later again. Kimball spent the rest of the round picking apart Filkins with strikes, until the final seconds, where Filkins rocked him, but Kimball secured one more takedown at the end of the round to finish it out. Round one goes to Kimball.
     Kimball beat up Filkins for the first minute of the second round, with some clinchwork against the cage, while Filkins was warned multiple times for grabbing the cage. Kimball then went for a takedown, and Filkins ended up on top somehow. Filkins landed some ground & pound, and then Kimball fought his way back to his feet, and they continued to wrestle around for a few seconds in a scramble, Kimball went for a flying guillotine choke, and Filkins slammed the shit out of him. Filkins beat up Kimball for most of the rest of the round, and even mounted him, and took his back to finish the round. Great round for Filkins, he nearly finished the fight with punches from back mount, but Kimball was saved by the bell. The referee really should have stopped the fight there. I'm scoring that a 10-8 round for Filkins.
     They continued to work some sloppy brawling for the duration of the third round, until Kimball shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Filkins once again turned it into a takedown of his own, leaving Filkins on top inside Kimball's guard. He passed guard while landing short punches, Kimball tried to scramble back to his feet, and Filkins took his back. Filkins locked on a rear-naked choke, and a few seconds later, Kimball was forced to submit. Great performance by Perry Filkins.
      Torrey secured a takedown (sort of), early in the first round, pinning Ward up against the cage, in what ended up being a clinch. Ward unloaded an awesome Judo throw, flipping Torrey upside down, and slamming him to the ground with a lot of force. Torrey tried to work his guard, clearly looking for an armbar, and Ward punished him with massive punches, to avoid any real trouble. Ward dropped back for a heel hook, but Torrey did a decent job defending, ending up in top position. Torrey tried to deal some damage from inside Ward's guard, but he wasn't really doing much of anything. I was going to say that the round should definitely go to Ward, based on that throw, and the hard ground & pound, but since Torrey spent the majority of the round in top position, and even secured full mount at the end of the round, where he unloaded on Ward, I would have to give that first round to Torrey. By the end of the round, Torrey's left eye was 100% swollen shut though, so... He was looking for a takedown from the clinch again in the second round, and Ward threw him to the ground, ending up in Torrey's half guard. Ward continued to punch Torrey with big punches. They stood back up, Ward popped Torrey's eye open, causing blood to flow in a violent fashion, eventually leading to Ward finishing the fight via referee stoppage about halfway through the second round. Solid win for Brennan Ward.
      Butcher landed some decent shots, he threw a body kick, Santana caught it, and took him to the ground, landing in side control. Butcher was kind of looking for a Kimura, but Santana was clearly in control. Late in the round, Santana hopped over, looking for an arm-triangle choke, and it looked like he had it locked on, but he eventually gave it up, and went to full mount, which Butcher was able to sweep out of, ending up in a wild scramble in the final 10 seconds. Round one goes to Santana, but kudos to Butcher for surviving.
     The second round had both guys throwing punches back & forth, a decent boxing match, until Santana shot for a takedown, which Butcher easily stuffed this time. Butcher continued to connect with big punches, Santana looked hurt, Butcher followed it up, looking for the kill, and he put Santana on his ass with some punches, continued to punch him in the head on the ground until the referee stopped the fight. Great second round finish for Jason Butcher.
      Brian Rogers came out swinging, and blasted Parlo with some heavy punches. Parlo came back and rocked Rogers, knocking him down to a knee for a few seconds. They clinched against the cage, with Parlo pressing Rogers into the cage. They both continued to throw bombs, clearly headhunting for the duration of the opening round. That was a close round that technically could have gone either way, but I scored it for Rogers, based partially on a late knockdown.
     The second round had both guys throwing big punches still, until Parlo took Rogers down near the cage. Parlo moved into full mount, and then opened up with some heavy punches on the ground. He pressed Rogers against the fence, making him somewhat defenseless, while Parlo continued to tee off on him. The second round very clearly goes to Parlo for his heavy ground & pound.
     Rogers continued to throw big punches in the final round, Parlo blastred him with some heavy knees from the clinch, and then took Rogers down again, landing inside his guard. Parlo basically smothered Rogers for the duration of the round, beating him up with punches on the ground, and when they stood back up, Parlo continued to pressure Rogers against the cage. By the end of the round, Parlo was mauling Rogers with heavy knees to the body and big punches to the head on the ground, nearly finishing the fight, but Rogers was saved by the bell. Rogers landed a few decent shots, but in the end, that last round was probably 10-8 for Parlo. I thought this fight was a very clear 29-27 in favor of Parlo, and all 3 judges gave him the fight as well, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Shlemenko spent the first half of the opening round picking apart Cooper with some great punch combinations and some knees. Cooper then took him down with 2 minutes left in the round with a deep double leg, but Shlemenko sprawled the shit out of it. They both got rocked in the final 90 seconds, with Shlemenko clearly absorbing the worst of the exchange, allowing Cooper to stalk him for the rest of the round. I was going to give that round to Shlemenko, but I guess I'll score it a draw since Shlemenko won more than half of the round, and Cooper rocked him at the end.
     Shlemenko continued to come forward in the second round, blasting Cooper with some heavy punch combinations. Cooper took him down with a strong double leg again, 2 minutes into the second round, but he couldn't hold him down. Cooper was also landing some hard shots of his own throughout the round. They continued to brawl at a pretty decent pace until the end of the round. Shlemenko rocked Cooper late in the round, and then Cooper spent the final 30 seconds battering Shlemenko, nearly finishing him, as his face was a bloody mess. Cooper also secured another takedown to cap off the round. I scored that round for Cooper, based partially off the takedowns, as well as the damage done to Shlemenko's left eye, which was almost entirely swollen shut, and also bleeding everywhere.
     Shlemenko continued to come forward in the third round, blasting Cooper with some hard knees from the clinch, as well as some additional punch combinations. Cooper shot for a takedown late in the round, took Shlemenko's back, and beat up him for a few seconds, but they quickly stood back up, and Shlemenko went back to stalking Cooper. This is a really close fight so far, so I'm going to call it all tied up going into the fourth round.
     Shlemenko basically knocked out Cooper in the first 10 seconds of the fourth round, blasting him with some hard punches, causing Cooper to collapse near the fence. He recovered quickly though, so the referee let the fight continue, but that was the closest the fight came to a stoppage up until that point. Cooper continued to look for a desperate takedown, but Shlemenko was able to easily stuff the tired shots of Cooper. Shlemenko caught a kick 2 minutes into the round, held onto Cooper's leg, and then threw a brutal knee to the body of Cooper. Shlemenko continued to rock the shit out of Cooper, while Cooper shot for sloppy takedowns until the end of the round. I scored that round 10-8 for Shlemenko.
     Shlemenko came out swinging in the final round, and continued to pressure Cooper, beating him up with big punch combinations, and kicks. Cooper shot for a takedown 45 seconds into the round, and Shlemenko easily stuffed it. Shlemenko continued to pick him apart with strikes, and Cooper continued to fail with his takedown attempts. In the end, I scored this fight 49-46 in favor of Shlemenko, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.